Georgia football: Jake Fromm earns another SEC honor

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Jake Fromm named SEC freshman of the week

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm earned SEC freshman of the week honors for the third time this season following the Dawgs’ 38-7 win over Georgia Tech.

Fromm overcame a shaky start — including a few passes that could have, perhaps should have, been intercepted — to finish 12 of 16 for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. His first touchdown came on a 21-yard strike to Javon Wims in the second quarter, and his second was a 78-yarder to speedster Ahkil Crumpton. His 75 percent completion rate tied a career-high, and the touchdown to Crumpton was his career-long touchdown pass.

For the season, Fromm has passed for 1,990 yards and 19 touchdown to 5 interceptions. Although he’s near the bottom among starting SEC quarterbacks in sheer yardage, Fromm is second in the conference in passer rating (167.72) and tied for first in yards per attempt (9.6). He’s 10-1 as a starter for the Bulldogs and also won SEC freshman of the week after wins over Mississippi State and Georgia Tech.

Fromm has earned the most awards of any Georgia player this season, but he’s far from the only Bulldogs player to garner weekly honors. In total, five Georgia Bulldogs have won eight SEC weekly awards. In addition to Fromm’s three freshman of the week honors, Nick Chubb was named offensive player of the week after wins over Tennessee and Kentucky, Lorenzo Carter was named defensive player of the week after the Notre Dame win, J.R. Reed was named defensive player of the week after the Florida victory and Isaiah Wynn was named offensive lineman of the week after the win at Vanderbilt.

‘No comment’

If you watched the Iron Bowl, your ears might have perked up at a comment from CBS commentator Gary Danielson. On the broadcast, Danielson said Georgia coach Kirby Smart told him the Georgia sent six plays from the Georgia-Auburn game into the SEC for review. The six plays involved instances in which Smart believed Auburn defenders held Georgia receivers but weren’t penalized for it.

Nobody would have thought much of anything about the comment if Auburn had lost the Iron Bowl. But Auburn didn’t lose. With a Georgia-Auburn rematch coming up in the SEC Championship Game, every angle of that game earlier this month is being picked over, including potential missed penalties.

Smart was asked in his Monday press conference about Danielson’s comment and unsurprisingly demurred, as coaches typically do when asked about refereeing decisions.

“Yeah, no comment,” Smart said, according to Seth Emerson of DawgNation.

Auburn sacked Fromm four times in its win over Georgia. If Auburn was getting away with holding receivers, you can see where Smart would have a bone to pick. The longer it takes receivers to get open, the longer Fromm has to spend in the pocket, the longer the defense has to come up with a sack. But Georgia receiver Terry Godwin is being introspective about the receivers’ inability to get open against Auburn.

“I kind of put the blame on us receivers because we weren’t getting open as quite often as we should,” Godwin said. “Once you’re doing that the pocket’s going to collapse sooner or later. So you’ve got to get him that target to throw to. That’s something we didn’t do, and we’ve been getting better at it since then.”

Georgia must avoid mental mistakes in Auburn rematch

The major sticking point from the earlier loss to Auburn shouldn’t be the penalties that Auburn wasn’t flagged for but rather the penalties Georgia was flagged. Undisciplined play, mental mistakes and an atypical number of penalties put Georgia in a hole against the Tigers. The penalties didn’t lose the game for Georgia, but they may have made the score more lopsided than it should’ve been. Avoiding those costly mistakes could help Georgia come away with the win in the rematch From Chip Towers of DawgNation:

In that game with Auburn, Georgia committed 4 personal foul penalties, was flagged 7 times overall, had a devastating turnover when Mecole Hardman muffed a fair catch, and missed a field goal. The Bulldogs didn’t play particularly well offensively or defensively, but the incredibly ill-timed miscues added fuel to an already volatile atmosphere inside the Tigers’ sold-out stadium.

“It wasn’t really excitement,” junior Terry Godwin said of the team’s reaction when the Bulldogs learned they’d get another shot at Auburn. “It was more like, ‘It doesn’t really matter who it is because they know they’re going to get our best shot, regardless.’ But all the mistakes, all the penalties, we just have to play with more discipline and focus this time. We didn’t play Georgia ball. We got away from what we’d been doing all season and it showed on the scoreboard.”

Added senior tailback Sony Michel, “It’s not that we wanted a redo; we’ve just got to fix those mistakes now. It’s great that we get another shot at them. We’ve just got to prepare well.”

‘It didn’t fall off’

The biggest storyline heading into the SEC Championship Game is the status of Auburn tailback Kerryon Johnson, who left the Iron Bowl with an injured shoulder. He remains questionable for the rematch between Georgia and Auburn, but sounded confident about his chances of playing this weekend when talking to reporters Monday. From Emerson:

“I’m working this week to get back to as healthy as I can be, obviously,” Johnson said. “We’ve been working for this game for a long time, so I’m doing everything I can to get back out there on the field. It’s football. This is week whatever it is, everyone’s banged up. Just got to get back healthy week after week.”

Johnson said he’s putting a lot of ice on his shoulder and doing “normal rehab” this week. He also seemed amused when a reporter, trying to delve into the injury, asked whether he could feel the injury in his shoulder.

“It didn’t fall off, I can feel it,” Johnson said. “Obviously it’s sore, but shoot, I’m sore after every game, and so is everybody else. So it’s nothing more different than any other week.”

Georgia making inroads with 5-star DE

Smart is in the midst of bringing yet another loaded recruiting class to Athens and there are plenty of big-time talents left on Georgia’s board. One of those names is 5-star Stockbridge DE Brenton Cox, who is committed to Ohio State. But Georgia has hopes of flipping Cox to the hometown team. According to Jeff Sentell of DawgNation, Georgia is starting to close the gap with the Buckeyes.

“What has changed?” Cox said. “Well, really it is just the players there. The players there that I actually know. Like [UGA freshman] Justin Shaffer. Netori Johnson. I actually know [5-star UGA freshman] Isaiah Wilson. We really connect.

“If I was to go there, then we would try to be like ‘The U’ in the old days. Because everyone knows each other. Everybody decided it was best to stay home and play together. That’s the only big difference now with how I feel about Georgia.” …

“I think about it every day,” Cox said. “It is kind of close. I think about staying at home and going to Georgia or going up to Ohio State. But right now it is still Ohio State but [Georgia] is kind of gaining on them.”

I don’t know anything you don’t know, but that doesn’t sound like a kid solid in his commitment to me. Keep an eye on this one until the end, folks.

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